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North Korea Holds Military Parade, Shows Off Weapons Ahead Of Olympic Opening

North Korea Holds Military Parade, Shows Off Weapons Ahead Of Olympic Opening

The North Korean 22-member Olympic delegation will be headed by Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Presidium of North Korea's Parliament, who serves as a nominal head of state.

Kim Yo Jong, the sister of the North's leader, and her entourage, will travel by private jet to Seoul'sIncheon International Airport on Friday, North Korea told the South.

"We have never begged for dialogue with the USA and will never do so", he said.

"I have not requested a meeting, but we'll see what happens", he said. "Our delegation's visit to South Korea is only to take part in the Olympics and hail its successful holding".

"The plan is to apply maximum sanctions and pressure, so it can be speculated that Vice President Pence's stance would be on the same line, following President Trump's talks with North Korean defectors", he added, referring to a meeting the president held at the White House with eight defectors last week. A North Korean Foreign Ministry official seemed to rule out a potential meeting with USA officials in the North's state-run media on Thursday, but Pence suggested to reporters that it was still a possibility. North Korea held a massive military parade highlighted by intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Pence shied away from public criticism of Moon when they met Thursday evening, congratulating South Korea on hosting the games and pledging continued support in addressing the North's nuclear threat.

Before leaving Japan for South Korea, Pence said the United States would not be duped by any false overture.

In Washington on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi reaffirmed the commitment of Washington and Beijing to exert pressure in Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons, the State Department said. "The U.S. intends to make North Korea pay for what it did".

"[The. U.S.] is now raising the alarm that human rights violations in North Korea are serious". The South hosts 28,500 US troops, a legacy of the war.

North Korea has no intention to meet U.S. officials during the Winter Olympics in the South, Pyongyang's state media has said, but did not rule it out. The trip's significance was underscored by the revelation Wednesday that the delegation would include Kim Yo Jong, the only sister and a trusted aide of Kim Jong Un, the North's supreme leader.

Analysts said the parade seemed smaller than those of previous years, but was still focused on the North's goal of strengthening its nuclear missile capabilities.

1 of 9 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and his wife Ri Sol Ju arrive at a military parade in Pyongyang on February 8, 2018.

North Korea's last parade in April marked the 105th birthday of the late state founder, Kim Il-sung.

The Security Council sanctioned Choe on June 2 a year ago when he was vice director of the Workers' Party of the Korea Propaganda and Agitation Department, which controls ideological messaging through the media, arts and culture. This is the real North Korea and the US won't allow that to be forgotten.


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